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View of the River Arno in Florence, looking upstream, with 
fishermen and a river god
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View of the River Arno in Florence, looking upstream, with fishermen and a river god

Circa 1578

Stradanus (1523 - 1605)

Height: 20.1 cm; Width: 29 cm;

Inscription

Signed & ink, lower right, strada

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
D.1952.RW.1634

About this work
After establishing himself in Florence, Flemish painter Stradanus was commissioned from 1561-1577 to design a series of 28 tapestries for Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici’s villa at Poggio a Caiano. The lavish scenes of hunting, fowling, and fishing in the Arno River Valley were subsequently adapted into engravings, prepared by drawings. This example illustrates the technique of fishing in the shallows with square nets. In the foreground a personification of the Arno River is shown with the heraldic lion of Florence. (Permanent collection label)



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